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Monday, August 26, 2013

Late the previous evening,  Nora’s granddaughter Alicia and some friends arrived next door to spend Monday sorting out the house just south of my friend Judy’s.  It had belonged to Nora’s mother and, with a sale pending, had to have the last of its possessions moved out.  Before we left for work we met Alicia’s friend and four young lads.  They had been admiring the garden through the fence, and we invited them on a tour.

boys

I loved that they went right into the paths through the Bogsy Wood.

Mom follows the boys.

Mom follows the boys.

They were highly amused by the exploding seeds of the wild impatiens (touch me not).

Me encouraging them to dare to pop the seeds!

Me encouraging them to dare to pop the seeds!

seeds

Alicia photographs the action.

Alicia photographs the action.

from my window

from my window

Allan took a few photos as well.

trooping past the river of Rozanne

trooping past the river of Rozanne

Then Alicia and her friend went to work on the house-sorting while the boys were off to explore the river beach by Yellow Bluff at the east end of town and Allan and I went to Long Beach to deadhead and water the planters.

When I removed one of the faucet covers, I found a nest of snails.  (I always check for baby slugs.)  This ties in with Pam Fleming’s suggestion to put upside down black plastic pots in one’s garden as snail traps; they like the warmth and will congregate inside.

snail haven

snail haven

I find snails kind of cute and pretty, so they just went into the garbage can and probably crawled right back out and back into the planter.

h well, there is always something in Long Beach town to lift my spirits, and today it was the lovely signs outside of The Wooden Horse gift shop.

happy

sign

at the Wooden Horse

At Veterans Field I finally decided to cut back the Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’.  To me, the seedheads are cool and structural but to others they probably just look like old dead things.  The garden is still looking red white and blue.

Veterans Field, looking southeast

Veterans Field, looking south

Eryngium seedheads....chopped now

Eryngium seedheads….chopped now

While I worked on the little garden, the wind whipped up considerably…

wind of 20 mph plus

wind of 20 mph plus

My goal had been to get the Long Beach planters watered before the predicted rain came.  Usually rain is not strong enough to penetrate the soil through the dense foliage.  Today, however, the rain, when it came, was definitely strong.

a sudden torrent

a sudden torrent

We were watering and fertilizing at the same time, but after one more block, we gave up and went home!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Now I have two hanging baskets!   Last night a friend who had to leave town after a summer beach house visit gave me hers.  (You know who you are, and thanks, but I am not going to blog that your house is empty!)

two baskets by the front porch

two baskets by the front porch

I would rather have stayed home and joined Mary on the cat bench….

mary

But instead we went to work.  We do enjoy our work but perhaps not as much as a day in  our own garden.

First, The Depot Restaurant.

The Depot...an overview

The Depot…an overview

Cosmos backed with a wall of hops

Cosmos backed with a wall of hops

Then we went to turn off the soaker hoses that had been lightly dripping for two days (through the rain as well) on the Sid Snyder Drive beach approach planters.   I decided that this particular planter is one that should be completely redone this fall.

across the street from the kite museum

across the street from the kite museum

The monoculture of creeping Jenny, planted by the previous volunteer, is so dull.

Next, Diane’s garden where the Lady’s Mantle was in that horrid stage….

before and after

before and after

waiting for moist fall weather so we can fill in this bed some more!

waiting for moist fall weather so we can fill in this bed some more!

The original impetus for Diane’s roadside garden was when she fell in love with this heather:

blooming now....

blooming now….

Even though I am not much of a heaths and heather fan (except on the moors of Scotland or in the gorgeous heather bank in this garden near Eugene, Oregon), I have to admit this one is a delight.  It came from The Planter Box.  I wanted it interplanted with complementary plants but so far the progress on this garden is slow…Perhaps next year it will leap!

Diane's driveway corner with Stipa gigantea

Diane’s driveway corner with Stipa gigantea

Next door at The Red Barn, Diane’s sister and niece were just riding up….

barn

and their nice dog came to greet me.

a whippet hello

a whippet hello from Disney

Next on the agenda:  Jo’s garden.  Coco was so happy to see us that I can’t decide which photo is cuter.

Coco!

Coco!

Jo pointed out that her rhododendron has very unusual flowers.

rhodo1

rhodo2

Some of the cosmos had fallen over in yesterday’s wind and rain storm and a few stems had broken.  One that we propped up had its flowers all cattywampus but we assumed it would straighten itself out (and it did).

after the storm

after the storm

Most of the cosmos had come through just fine.

a protected corner

a protected corner

One of Jo's friends

One of Jo’s friends

Here’s a new angle on Jo’s house…from the west lawn looking east:

built in 1896 or 8...

built in 1896 or 8…

It is convenient to check the Boreas garden just north of Jo’s.  We park and enter on the west side.

Boreas Inn (and hot tub room)

Boreas Inn (and hot tub room)

I am so happy with the Boreas gardens this year!

I am so happy with the Boreas gardens this year!

The cosmos were lush and floriferous…

cosmos

cosmoscosmos2

cosmos

 

 

The fabulous Lobelia tupa continues to be the only one blooming out of two flats of them that I planted here and there in assorted gardens!

Just the one tupa!

Just the one tupa!

The only thing I do not like in the west side Boreas garden is the old daylily bed:

the original patch of daylilies

the original patch of daylilies

I am determined…and when I suggested it, Susie agreed…to dig these out and replace them with, perhaps, a good medium sized ornamental grass like Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’.    Maybe a couple of narrow upright evergreens like Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’! (which the deer will leave alone).

Boreas:  looking west to the beach path

Boreas: looking west to the beach path

Speaking of Cosmos, we stopped on the way home to deadhead the park by Marsh’s Museum, having been rained out of doing so yesterday.

Marsh's Free Museum, home of Jake the Alligator Man

Marsh’s Free Museum, home of Jake the Alligator Man

And at home, on the last evening of her visit, Alicia was roasting marshmallows over her cute little charcoal pig.

pig

We agreed that her grandma Nora would have loved it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The compost bucket needed switching at Olde Towne…

an old sign from when Olde Towne was an antique store with no café

an old sign from when Olde Towne was an antique store with no café

Luanne tucks into one of her signature breakfasts, waffled with strawberries and whipped cream!

Luanne tucks into one of her signature breakfasts, waffled with strawberries and whipped cream!

We could not linger because work beckoned.

At Golden Sands Assisted Living, we had intended to check how the newly repaired sprinkler system was doing.  Too much rain had made it impossible to tell the difference between watered and unwatered.  We did get permission to move the bench on of these days, so that the NW quadrant garden shows up better.

soon....

soon….

We at last had time to work hard on two of the quadrants.

thinned and tidied

thinned and tidied

Before we bring in some more mulch, I very much want to get the damnable beach strawberries removed from the backside of the four flower beds.

quite a project

quite a project

Next, the very civilized garden at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  We can always count on owners Mary and Denny Caldwell to water so every week we can concentrate just on the gardening.

inside the deer fence garden

inside the deer fence garden

at KBC: the berries of Billardia longiflora

at KBC: the berries of Billardia longiflora

KBC: the driveway garden

KBC: the driveway garden

Further north in Surfside at Marilyn’s garden we did some light deadheading just to keep it looking fine after its turn in the spotlight on garden tour day.

The Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' is now in bloom.

The Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ is now in bloom.

I am still trying to ID this pink flower that is at Jo’s, and here.  The deer do not eat it.  I think it is a phlox.  It runs politely here, but runs like a thug at Jo’s, where I am trying to get rid of most of it.

phlox?

phlox?

I posted a photo of it on a plant ID group and was advised it is a Dianthus, but I think not!

It is as tall as some of the cosmos...

It is as tall as some of the cosmos…

the lushness of Marilyn's garden, looking northwest

the lushness of Marilyn’s garden, looking northwest

the giant Miscanthus grows this big in one season!

the giant Miscanthus grows this big in one season!

Even though I love its foliage and velvety magenta, pink, or white flowers, I get tired of the prolific reseeding of Lychnis coronaria (rose campion) and yet….each seedling is so very pretty.

in the gravel path

in the gravel path

Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ is one of the search terms that most often leads people to my blog!

Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning' at Marilyn's

Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ at Marilyn’s

We closed the work day at the Wiegardt Gallery with a serious thinning out on the west side…

future plan:  add some Ilex 'Sky Pencil'

future plan: add some Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’

Mostly the dreaded Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ came out, as it also did in this neglected spot on the SE corner of the building.

pulling...and done

pulling…and done

Why we don’t take this corner more seriously I do not know.  I am thinking lavender…or rosemary, which Eric’s wife, Ann, likes.  It is backed with a rhododendron which I cut down hard a couple of years ago, and another winter blooming one that gallery manager Christl limbed up.  And with sword ferns.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

We woke to rain.  Allan cleverly remembered that we had been meaning to visit the  railroad exhibit at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum just three blocks east of us.

From the Water to the Woods:  125 Years of Local Rail

train exhibit at the museum

train exhibit at the museum

If I could go back in time and do one thing, it would be to ride on the Clamshell Railroad that used to go up and down the Peninsula.

sign

one of the exhibit’s fascinating signs

an old railroad seat

an old railroad seat…cranberry plush!

Part of the exhibit was about trains in logging camps and the trains that helped build the ocean jetties.

logging

A slideshow played of photos by a photographer named Darius Kinsey, who chronicled life in the logging camps including this stump cottage!

one big stump

one big stump

When my friends and I had stopped at Bailey’s Café in Nahcotta on a garden tour day, I had tried to remember if the old pilings going out into Willapa Bay were from the old railroad line.  I thought so….and this photo proves it.

old Nahcotta

old Nahcotta

Oh I do wish I could have seen this:

fact

This lumberyard was where the Ilwaco boatyard is today:

lumberyard

No one was hurt when the train went off the Ilwaco dock!

oops

So many photos to peruse:

exhibit

In the rest of the museum, I learned something new about salmonberries.

salmonberry facts

salmonberry facts:  I did not know one can eat the shoots!

After the exhibit, we did an afternoon and early evening of work.

The Anchorage gardens looked windblown...

The Anchorage Cottages gardens looked windblown…

as did the Payson Hall planters at Andersen's RV Park.

as did the Payson Hall planters at Andersen’s RV Park.

At this time of year, deadheading the annuals takes hours…

Just one of many Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' at Andersen's!

Just one of many Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ at Andersen’s!

Payson Hall after much deadheading

Payson Hall after much deadheading

We cleaned out and raked the walking path in the now-not-so-poppy field at Andersen’s.

path

As we left, we saw a most interesting vehicle.  Allan said it was like our van but turned into a camper.

Jucy Van

Jucy Van

We saw the Jucy Van couple again when we stopped at the Depot Restaurant to deadhead.  They were just going for a delicious dinner and told us that a slideshow of the van can be seen at jucyrentals.com.

Usually we do the Depot garden before the restaurant opens but I had forgotten it.  Fortunately, the vehicles happened to be parked in a way that gave us easy access.

diners' vehicles

diners’ vehicles

Just as it had been coming into bloom, Solidago ‘Fireworks’ was laid out by the rain.

kind of sideways

kind of sideways

Last, more tedious deadheading at the Long Beach welcome sign where the south side has lots of Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’.  The cosmos on the north side have petered out.  Allan had a great idea: to use Geranium ‘Rozanne’ as the blue accent next year.  I am all for it as the blue Brachychome has gotten almost buried under yellow.

yellow Bidens taking over

yellow Bidens taking over

Friday, August 30, 2013

At Mayor Mike’s garden the time had come to chop the catmint:

before and after

before and after

In the back garden at Mike’s, I recognized the berry of a Lonicera that his previous gardener, Carol of The Elves Did It, probably got from me!

boxleaf honeysuckle

boxleaf honeysuckle

I got many sprouts of this to share from my old garden.

Kitty corner from Mike’s garden, we found some company in the new outdoor cat room at Cheri and Charlie’s!

American shorthaired cats

American shorthaired cats

She's my favourite and she knows it!

She’s my favourite and she knows it!

the black one looks just like my Calvin!

the black one looks just like my Calvin!

I think his name is Elwood!

I think his name is Elwood!

We got some work done, too…including the odd little task of taking the “covers” off the money plant so that it shines all silvery and pretty.

before and after: Lunaria

before and after: Lunaria

translucent

translucent

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' at Cheri's

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ at Cheri’s

We stopped at home to divest ourselves of a trailer load of compostable debris from both Mike’s and Cheri’s garden and as we were offloading, Judy came from four doors down to go tomato farming.

Judy in my greenhouse!

Judy in my greenhouse!

Judy's harvest from my edible garden!

Judy’s harvest from my edible garden!

We still had work to do in Long Beach due to having been rained out a couple of times during the week.  The Columbia Pacific Farmers Market was just setting up.

at Veterans Field

at Veterans Field

I just had time to deadhead before all the vendors arrived.

In Fish Alley, the nice variegated sedum I got for the whiskey barrels did not look good at all.  I hope it is just rain spotting and not mildew.

Fish Alley worry

Fish Alley worry

Across the street from city hall, as I deadheaded, I admired the fresh paint job on the “Akari Space” building which will house the Pink Poppy Bakery and Starvation Alley Farms new coffee shop.

love the colour, the pop! of the orange foliage, and the wood trim

love the colour, the pop! of the orange foliage, and the wood trim

This post has gone on almost as long as our work week did so I will repost the photo that appeared at the beginning showing the planter in front of Wind World Kites all full of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.

a sudden torrent

a sudden torrent…on Monday!

The kite guy likes the big batch of Phormium but I had been looking forward to cutting it down now that it is done…

after removing the Phormium on Friday...now the Fuchsias show!

after removing the Phormium on Friday…now the Fuchsias show!

Back at Veterans Field, the market had begun and a child was skillfully leaping back and forth across the garden.

kids

As the Naselle Marimba band played….

I like the Naselle Marimba Band very much.

I like the Naselle Marimba Band very much.

We had to check the deadheading at the Boreas Inn one more time because garden blogger Alison was staying there for the weekend!

'Jade Frost'

‘Jade Frost’

I noticed the leaves of the Jade Frost Eryngium is reverting to green…as it does.  There is nothing to be done about it….The flowers will still be as beautiful.

tip of the week: when deadheading Cosmos, cut out the old stem candelabras

tip of the week: when deadheading Cosmos, cut out the old stem candelabras

the wind had battered the cosmos....

the wind had battered the cosmos….

but the garden still looked lovely....here, looking west to the beach path

but the garden still looked lovely….here, looking west to the beach path

We ended the increasingly cool and foggy day by caring for the gardens by the Port of Ilwaco office, both the south and north sides.

On the south side, the hanging baskets had been taken down because of the wind....

On the south side, the hanging baskets had been taken down because of the wind….

on the marina, masts in the fog

on the marina, masts in the fog

a little skiff...

a little skiff…

to and fro in the mist...

to and fro in the mist…

on the docks

on the docks

more fog rolling in

more fog rolling in

on the north side, a view of fog over School Hill

on the north side, a view of fog over School Hill

After finishing the Port Office gardens, we attended to the one down by Queen La De Da’s.  The alliums had blown over, so I tucked them into a planter by her back door.  Wonder if she noticed?

by the queen's doorway

by the queen’s doorway

In a garden behind Queen La De Da’s, an old Arundo donax looms in the fog.

a handsome ornamental grass

a handsome ornamental grass

Even derelict natural spots have their beauty like this dead blackberry cane against a hotel-for-sale next door to Queen La De Da’s building.

very wabi sabi

very wabi sabi

If you have made it this far, thanks for joining us for our whole working week.  It was an easier one than usual because we did not have to do any watering after the rains came.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m eager to get into some flashbacks for 2008 and 2009, but meanwhile, even though it breaks the narrative flow, I want to share the wee project we did today.  Our friend Jenna Nisbett’s new gallery, Queen La De Da’s will open at the Port of Ilwaco tomorrow.  We are  thrilled for her and along with other friends helped get ready for the opening.  Allan did some skilled odd jobs and I did some vacuuming, dusting, and organizing, and we threw together some quick planters for the gallery entryways. In big urn shaped pots were ornamental grasses planted rather deep, so nothing could be permanently added.  We cut back the messy grasses, shoved in some pussy willow branches and some nice primroses from The Basket Case Greenhouse.

On the east side near the back entry door

We tucked some moss and creeping sedums that we peeled off of a garden bed to hide the fact that the primroses are just tucked in with their plastic pots.  After the opening, we can take the primroses and plant them in Long Beach and let the ornamental grass grow back.

Pussywillow and Primroses on the port side of Queen La De Da’s

The planter on the port side has a healthy looking daylily already leafing out but again, planted rather low.  Must remember to get these primroses out soon so the daylily can breathe!

planter by aquarium window

I adore the aquarium window that Jenna created with cardboard sea grass.   The previous night at 11 PM I was helping Jenna paint them and then sparkle them up with glitter while the radio played great 80s songs.

planter with Arundo Donax and twigs

Oops!  I ran out of primroses and we had tapped out our source of pussy willow plantings so for the fourth planter I echoed the sea grass in the window with some stalks of Arundo donax (a giant ornamental grass) and some twiggy bits that had blown off one of the port trees!  With a bit of moss, it doesn’t look bad.

The grand opening and invitational art show at Queen La De Da’s is February 18th, 2012, 5 PM, so if you read this in time, come on down to 139 Howerton at the west end of the port.  Featured artists include: Dulcye Taylor, Deborah Starr, Leslie Lipe, Tres Denizac, Wendy Murry & Don Nisbett and, as the invitation says,  “AVAST! We’ll have a real live mermaid & the Beard’s Hollow pirate crew will also be about!”   We know that Don and Jenna  know how to throw a great party.

Be sure to “like” the gallery’s Facebook page.  See you there!

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